Jason Mitchell, Seismic Nationals 2007, Hybrid Slalom.  Photo by Greg Fadell Northern California Downhill Skateboarding Association
Now in our 20th year! -- 1996-2016

Skateboard Riding Safety

 
HOME: Home  
EQUIPMENT: Decks   Trucks   Wheels   Bearings   Completes   Misc Equipment   Home Made Boards   Vintage Gear  
VENDORS: Vendor's Corner   Buy-Sell-Trade   Skate Shops   Our Advertisers  
DISCIPLINES: Slalom   Cyber Slalom   Speedboarding   Soulriding   Pools & Parks   Banks & Ditches   Freestyle   Buttboarding   Street Luge   Skatecar   All-Terrain   Sandboarding   Riding Techniques   Sidewalk Surfing   Longboarding   Freecarving   Distance & LDP   Sliding & Stopping   High Jump  
GROUPS: Womens   Juniors & Teens   Masters 45+   Shoe Buddies  
Q&A: Race School   GANG OF GERMANY   Slalom Pro Mike Maysey   The Gong Show with Kenny 'Nature Boy' Mollica   Michael Brooke - Publisher, Concrete Wave Magazine   McKendry on Speed   Cliff Coleman on Sliding and Safety   HACKETT & OLSON on RIDING   Going Downhill with David Rogers   Chris Yandall on Skogging  
ORGS: California Republic Stand Up   GSI   IGSA   ISSA   TSR   COSS   UKSSA   DHB   Coast   CSA   SRA   NorCal   ASSA   Tex   Other  
REGIONAL: CAN   UK   EU   Brazil   Asia/Pacific   South America   Africa  
SAFETY: Dr David Hartman on Head Injuries   Crashing   Riding Safety   Safety Equipment   Join the No Helmet Campaign!  
GATHERINGS: Contest Calendar   Events   The Trap   Cyber Slalom Challenge   Cyber Slalom HOF   SAA  
IMAGES: Pics   Pics Preview   Video   Scans  
INFO: Skateboard History   Lords of Dogtown Movie   Skateboarding Law   Riding Locations   Bulletin Board   Interviews   Guest Book   Links  
TOOLS: Search    Summary   30-Day Summary   Pageview Totals  
SITE: Posting Guidelines   User Agreement   Visitors Chart   About This Site   Add URL  

Since 1999: 105247 pageviews on this page, 32770721 pageviews on the whole site.
Since 1996: 35014474 visitors to ncdsa.com, 263609 posts.
Log your best time!
  Contest Calendar!
 

Page to oldest posts   Page backwards 25 posts   Page forwards 25 posts   Page to newest posts     Posts 353-377 of 377 Add your own post! 






Your

ad

here

for

only

$10 per month!



request info



(Requires
12 month pre-pay.
Limited time offer!)
 
Riding Safety (377 Posts)
Topic Riding Safety
skitching
On 9/7/2007 Allen wrote in from United States  (75.117.nnn.nnn)



looks dangerous!

 
  Rate post 280778 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)
Staying Safely in Convention
On 6/12/2007 PSR wrote in from United States  (75.69.nnn.nnn)

Tim, Your friends need surfing lessons, then they'd get it!

Have you tried using a snowboard that, outwardly, resembles a freeride deck while using plates? That sends the message very clearly that softboots, um, are lacking in certain control aspects. Granted, you'll still get "dude, why skiboots?" comments, but, whatever...
I own Asyms that're legal for BX in USASA/ISF rules, as the tails curve up. With the FIS having crushed the snowboarder run/owned ISF out of existence, flat-tailed, squared-tail, and (if anyone makes them again) Asym boards are now seen at snowboardcross (Not BX, as Palm-Daddy owns that trademark) races. Just gotta wear more armor to the arena.

Best-worst equipment, yup.. I had to laugh at Mr. Stride's "if" comment. He just didn't quite get it that a racing skateboard is Distinctly Different, and as such, has advantages over the ollie-popping newschool combo I asked him to consider as a typical skateboard. If the precedent of 4 wheels only takes root and snubs past precedents, what might be the next 'limitation' to equipment choice? Someone had a bad knee-jerk reaction to what 'might be', and thinking like true new-age NASCAR fans, put limits in place. I do miss Smokey and Fireball, racing ain't quite as much fun when your Chevy looks like a Ford, except for the advertisement banners painted onto it. But, that's one unfortunate outcome of over-regulation and the desire to squelch imaginative thinking. One wonders just where our Longboarding brethern would be IF conventional skateboard design criteria were all that blandly existed in our world? Ah, yes, they'd be kickin' back, bad beer in hand, watch another NASCAR race!! ;-)

I'd be up on something like the Condo Road at Okemo, riding MY 6-Wheel Luge, just because I can. :-D

 
  Rate post 273098 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)
vendor wannabee
On 6/11/2007 tim kienitz wrote in from United States  (63.110.nnn.nnn)

PSR,
Freecarving does not get that respect. When I show my friends videos of some of the best carving they think it is interesting but just controlled falling. Or when I am riding down a run and I hear cheers and remarks of admiration, they see what I am riding and are confused. Am I on a snowboard? They think I am riding a mono ski. It can't be a snowboard because my stance is so forward and I am wearing ski boots. I am not accepted as a normal snowboarder. My main point is how different things are frowned upon in snowboarding too. If freecarving was that respected wouldn't there be more people doing it? It's not hard to do the basics and if you are serious you can find the equipment.
Concerning the square tail in Boardercross, were there more than one accidents involving real square tails? I have seen people get hurt by round tails also. Because the square tail is different and strange was it given an undeserved bad rap? Since the accident involved an Asymetrical board and not a real square tail then perhaps the more pointed asymetrical shape could cause more harm. Then MAYBE asymetrical boards are more dangerous but real square tails are safe. There needs to be more proof but since the FIS/USSA has no such rule then it seems to me that square tails are safe enough for them and should also be for ISF.
Is the 6 wheeler weight trade off worth it? Maybe not but it should be my right to ride the best or WORST equipment I choose. I just want the freedom to ride what I want and have fun while I am at it. The unnecessary politics in racing takes away the fun.
I miss the venders forum. HaHa!:)
Tim

 
  Rate post 273052 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)
Racerboards, tails, and such
On 6/11/2007 PSR wrote in from United States  (208.5.nnn.nnn)

This is for Tim K., and is about alpine racing, Bx and snowboarding.

The square-tail boards are still out there. Racing is too. In Slalom/G.S., even split-tailed snowboards are still allowed (and I've even seen split-nosed raceoards!). What's gone (has been since '90 or so) is Downhill/Super-G, with the last major ISF sanctioned Super-G's being run in '96.The boards were Too Fast, threatening Skiing's place as the 'Faster' racing, so when the ISF got lawyer-whipped by the USSA/FIS/IOC block, the fast, fun Big Guns(200cm anyone?) became a footnote in Racing history. Freecarving is an art unto itself, but gets no-to-little media attention, though it gets respect from anyone watching it happen. Laying on the snow at 45 mph mid-turn will definately garner a little approval if the witness has any appreciation of riding skill.
But the Square-tailed ban in BX is an ISF rule, and it had a Reason. That seperates it from the 6/4 wheel debate C.C. re-introduced in reaction to the upcoming Worlds ruling. Square-tails had been accepted as proper raceboards, and were allowed to race in BX thru mid 1995. But Gordon Robbins boldly made Rounded tails the Rule after watching an entangled wipeout of multiple riders that left the sharp-pointy tailend of an Asymetrical raceboard impaled into another racer's chest cavity. He (G.R.) reacted appropriately, and in that ruling created several board varitions that manufacturers could still make (such as Prior's 4WD, Volkl's Cross, or Palmer's Carbon Circle) to use on Race Day that didn't actually lose any Performance compared to 'pure' square-tailed raceboards, at least if racing in a BX course. BX is safer because of this, at least when it's run within USASA. The FIS/USSA have no such rule. Why? Because they'd have to apply it to Skis also, and there are too many square-tailed skis out there that might be used in a Skier-Cross event. Logical, eh? Of course, it does have the side benefit of incresing the chance of carnage at Skier-Cross venues. ;-)

The lack of Logic behind the DHB's descision (heck, the lack of logic in Micheal Stride's rants!) and the looming possibility of further illogical, limiting, anti-creative-thinking rules worries me also. My 6-wheelers lean-steer like any other skateboard, and in some situations, do it better. But 6-wheelers in Slalom face weight and manuverability penaties inherent in adding parts to any vehichle. Is the trade-off worth it? We may never know, at a Race, anyways.

BTW, this also means that Lonnie Toft, at least from what I glean from M.S.'s arguements, Never Made a "Skateboard" Pro Model with Sims. Tragic, that, as it'll take Ebay years to sort out the resultant confusion from Vintage Skateboard Buyers!

 
  Rate post 273040 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)
Stopping and Sliding
On 12/17/2006 PSR wrote in from United States  (75.68.nnn.nnn)

MXC, here's two items I dug up from using the 'search' function and using "footbrake" as my criteria. These are from awhile back, like 3 years or so, but There's More, much More deeper yet in the Archives here! Nonetheless, I hope this helps out a tad. ;-)

Footbraking and Sliding On 5/6/2004 PSR wrote in from 24.52.xxx.xxx:
There's a place and time for both types of slowing/stopping.In a race,a slide can be a bad move,as your nearest competitors may have other plans for that piece of the road,so footbraking is a safer bet for all in tight quarters.At a Race's End,that's a really good place to footbrake,as slides will cause collisions easily.In urban traffic,footbraking is KEY to surviving the surge and flow.It also is good when you want to preserve some momentum,but with the Possibility of stomping on the binders.{(I noted that back a few posts,someone mentioned using a "heel-first" approach.That's fine,but please try for light contact of the entire shoe.It's more effective,and your shoes stay on your feet during long stops.I know,I've lost Vans slip-ons from heel-dragging,and stopping one-shoed is by far worse...)} However,I've noticed that certain pitches make you really think twice about footbraking.Above an 8% grade,sliding is a better means to burn off speed,as it's more predictable in and out of turns.Turning on steeps does slow you,but there times that it's not possible to keep fluid carves going AND still burn off speed.In those spots,footbarking will upset your turn rythym and timing,where Sliding can just be another part of the turn.When sliding is just an extension of your planned turning rythym,then it becomes a very useful skill to own. I mentioned earlier that grabs combined with footbraking is pretty potent in adding pressure to the feet.Grabbing while sliding can add both Style points and aid in stability.If you revert during a slide,a timely grab can pull things back in line very nicely.Obviously,grabbing the rail mid turn,and pushing into a drifting slide is a move everyone who bombs hills should be aware of.Maybe that's not 'stopping',but hey,any speed that's shrugged off smoothly counts. Last word on this: always try for a return to the board's center to maintain control. If you hang out too long in a "pose",you'll get stuck,and not be back in the flow with your board.

Footbraking vs. sliding On 5/27/2004 Shredder wrote in from 132.230.xxx.xxx:
I think the main difference is that when footbraking you are standing, while in a slide you're crouching, meaning you are closer to the ground. This means in case of a crash, your impact on the road is less severe when you slide than when you footbrake and fall from a standing position. It is also true that slides are MUCH more fun! But I still believe that the footbrake has many advantages, too. You can hit the footbrake faster while or after airbraking, you'll stay in your line, which is mandatory when racing or when too many buddies are around and you won't trash those expensive soft racing wheels. The main problem with the footbrake i.m.o. is that it needs a lot of practice and still can be risky. So I go for honing my skills in BOTH sliding and footbraking to have all the options :-)

 
  Rate post 262690 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)
stopping/falling
On 12/17/2006 snoball wrote in from United States  (72.185.nnn.nnn)

MX, check out Cliff's sliding thread and learn how to do that and don't go down hills without gear on before you learn. And if you are going to fall, learn how to drop into a squat first ( as soon as you feel wobs, no later ) because falling from a standing position at 30mph is a lot worse than if you're rolling off your board from a squat. Some people are comftorable dragging a foot at high speeds, but they're usually very experienced downhillers. I don't think they'd recommend it to a newbie.

Longboards are generally built to be fast, not just smooth. People often forget that. You can be as prepared as prepared can get, and still wind up doing a Superman. Would you rather have pads on in that case or not?

 
  Rate post 262670 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)
Stoping
On 10/29/2006 MXC wrote in from Australia  (138.217.nnn.nnn)

I just recently bought my self a new Arbor pin longboard(i've never longboarded before). Anyway i was going pretty fast down a hill, and i didn't no how to stop. so i jumped off, and trimped over when i did so running. So what i wanna know is how do you stop safely and easyily?

 
  Rate post 254759 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)
Stoping
On 10/29/2006 MXC wrote in from Australia  (138.217.nnn.nnn)

I

 
  Rate post 254756 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)
WTF?
On 10/23/2006 sven wrote in from United States  (68.171.nnn.nnn)

Daniel, what the hell are you on?

But, all crazy broken penises aside.
This site is more about longboarding than anything else, or so it appears to me. I suggest that if you like serious speed, pick up a long board and bomb some hills.

 
  Rate post 253312 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)
Powerslides
On 10/21/2006 Sven wrote in from United States  (68.171.nnn.nnn)

For powerslides, the durometer of the wheel is very important. If you are interested in repeated, easily created powerslides, get wheels with a durometer rating of 82a or above. 82a is the softest wheel i've ever seen anyone do a powerslide with, effectively. My wheels (krypto 80mm, 76a) will NOT slide, unless i coat them with glass or some other smooth, hard material.
Anyways, I suggest for anyone who wants to powerslide effectively, get 90a wheels.
Gravity actually has a slide wheels line, although some wheels from another one of their lines actually have a higher durometer rating.
Sliding gloves are also very very very important, unless you like having NO sking on your hands.
Helmets are good too.
So, in summary: get hard wheels, sliding gloves, and a helmet, and a medium sized board, nothing too long. Hope this helps

 
  Rate post 252875 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)
POWER SLIDING TO STOP
On 8/24/2006 Derik wrote in from Germany  (193.7.nnn.nnn)

You can do a power slide to stop with your wheels. You have to shift more weight off your board and onto your sliding hand. Check out the tutorial at silverfish: http://www_silverfishlongboarding_com/articles/longboarding-101/how-to--the-coleman-slide-900-16.html
Best wheels for sliding are of course hard ones.

Austin: A month of training is not a lot. Keep practicing. Best way to learn a slide is to look for an empty aslope road with enough secure space for a turn. Then ride and turn, walk up, ride and turn, walk up, ride and turn, ride faster and turn, repeat until you find out at witch speed and pressure your board will break out. And of course, read the article.

 
  Rate post 245299 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)
Sliding HELP!!
On 8/4/2006 Austin wrote in from United States  (63.198.nnn.nnn)

So, i got a longboard like a month ago, and i got really interested in sliding just the only problem is, whenever i attempt a slide i wipe out horribly or i just make a sharp turn. I've done some research and looked at all the websites that say "How to Slide" and that sorta junk but i never find any of them to work. I wanted to know if there was anyone who lived in the Bay Area, like San Francisco who would be willing to teach me (for cash) how to slide. you can email me (austinbagby@hotmail.com)
-Austin

 
  Rate post 243880 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)
WHAT TYPE OF WHEELS ARE GOOD FOR POWER SLIDING TO STOP
On 8/2/2006 VALENTINO wrote in from United States  (67.32.nnn.nnn)

I RIDING SECTOR NINE NINE-BALLS 70MM/75A AND I JUST DONT SEE THEM DOING A POWER SLIDE. THEY GRIPE LIKE CRAZY. ANY SUGGESTIONS?

 
  Rate post 243676 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)
Road Rash
On 6/23/2006 Tim wrote in from United States  (60.225.nnn.nnn)

Big doses of vitamins E and D. will help it super quick

 
  Rate post 240896 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)
pavement pizza
On 6/16/2006 grindmaster wrote in from (132.185.nnn.nnn)

treat with liberal application of aloe vera gel....buy an aloe vera plant plant, break off the leaves and get the goo that oozes out on the area.
try not to use the aloe gel that comes in bottles from the chemist/health store, its full of alcohol and other nasty preservatives....
sunlight is good too, do'nt cover it up unless you're working in food prep.

better yet, buy two plants, put one in the ground for later....

 
  Rate post 240332 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)
road rash
On 4/23/2006 clumsy skater wrote in from United States  (71.213.nnn.nnn)

Does anyone have a secret road rash treatment?

 
  Rate post 236011 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)
SHANANIGENS
On 4/4/2006 KEVIN wrote in from United States  (207.224.nnn.nnn)

I'M CALLING SHANANIGENS ON ALL YOU FAGGOTS GODDAMNIT!

 
  Rate post 234236 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)
Riding Safety
On 2/26/2006 Steven Xu wrote in from United States  (69.234.nnn.nnn)

yo longboarders ive gota serious question
i jus tried a longboard today and it was hella fun going down the hills
i jus went down this steep hill
i didnt kno how to stop
so i had to jump off and i scraped my arm really badly
does anyone have any advice of braking
and be specific
like powerslide
how do u powerslide
or like slide
how do u slide
like give me instructions

thanks

 
  Rate post 230004 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)
Hey
On 1/3/2006 Daniel wrote in from Australia  (203.59.nnn.nnn)

Hey guys, you all seem hell good at skating:) Nice to meet you all -waves- Im Daniel i live in Aussie and im 12 years old. i learnt how to kick-flip 3 or 4 weeks ago and its pretty cool. i can land them most times but not always.... anyone got any ideas of what i could start trying after a kick-flip... so far i can pop shove it,kick-flip,180,ollie (ofcourse)fakie, i can cave-man... and i can boardslide and 50-50... my friend Harry learnt how to do a kick-flip to manual into a tray-flip then a heel flip into a 900. he can also drop into a 20 ft Half-pipe with 10 foot vert. he broke his penis while f#@!ing a chick while skating. he is very very magical.

 
  Rate post 225331 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(1)
  Flag Moderators (1)
splat!!!!!
On 11/30/2005 nikki wrote in from United States  (67.67.nnn.nnn)

one time i was skateing next to my pool and i was trying to do a heel flip and when
i tried i landed it ( FINALLY )! i fell and my board went in the pool it was so not cool
i mean at all , but the next day i got a new board (THANK YOU LORD)!!!!!!!!!

 
  Rate post 222819 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)
grinding
On 11/28/2005 cassie wrote in from United States  (67.67.nnn.nnn)

one time i was trying to grind and instead i fell flat face on the pole and then on the ground

 
  Rate post 222658 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)
Handbrake
On 11/19/2005 Jesper wrote in from Sweden  (85.226.nnn.nnn)

Well your foot is a good option and if you practise you wont get wobbel..

 
  Rate post 222068 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)
slide stopping
On 8/21/2005 Kanufi wrote in from Australia  (202.139.nnn.nnn)

When going for any slide which is over 60kms you usually speed up at first when you lay it down and then your wheels take over and they start to grind you to a slow stop.

 
  Rate post 214677 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)
Slide Stoping skaters
On 8/6/2005 Stevan L. Hemingway wrote in from United States  (64.12.nnn.nnn)

You skaters that are stoping with slide technequies are 1 step away from employing a gravitational stop. Want to learn how the faster you are going the more cake work stoping becomes? Want to learn get the full force of gravity to stop you at 8.6 meters a second? Want to get Hooked the f#@! up to learn? Call me @ (541) 317-4701 ask for Stevan Hemingway or Panton (same person)

 
  Rate post 213586 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)
I have SEEN the light!
On 6/8/2005 Tom M. wrote in from United States  (164.227.nnn.nnn)

Amen, brother!

 
  Rate post 208479 !
Best-Of Ncdsa (0)
  Informative (0)
  Abuse(0)
  Flag Moderators (0)

Page to oldest posts   Page backwards 25 posts   Page forwards 25 posts   Page to newest posts     Posts 353-377 of 377 Add your own post! 


Add your own Riding Safety post using this entry form
Topic:
Your Name:
Your Email: (optional)
Post:
Characters remaining:      Posts containing links are not allowed
Black box number:     (This number expires 4/30/2017 4:50:11 AM California time)
  (Linking to an image? Read this first)
Return to Menu

© Copyright 1996-2017 NCDSA - All Rights Reserved
Site-related comments to
webmaster@ncdsa.com
Site by Norcal Internet LLC